|In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
A film by James Cullingham
57 minutes, color, English, 2012
Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made a fundamental contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz.
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"If you didn't already admire Fahey's music, you may be searching for more of it after seeing this documentary." -The New York Times
""Excellent! Newcomers and fans alike will find a lot to treasure here." -Film Journal
"Eclectic, haunting, engaging." -The Village Voice
"Mesmerizing." -This Week in New York
"In Search of Joe Blind Death is an admirable success. John Fahey, heavy-lidded eyes and Muppet-like voice, stays weird (and weirdly fascinating) throughout." -Cinema Sentries
"The documentary casts a lingering spell, drawing you into its richly textured reveries with gorgeous new cinematography, archival footage, current-day storytellers and even artful animation."-Blues Rag
"This guitar master combined folk, blues, avant-garde, and ambient music into an otherworldly style, inspiring everyone from Sonic Youth to Sufjan Stevens." -Pitchfork
See details about this film's theatrical run.
● Rare John Fahey Performance Footage